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How do you completely remove printer drivers from Windows 2000 server

Posted on 2009-05-06
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Last Modified: 2013-12-05
I performed the following:
Complete Uninstall
Open Printer Folder and right click. Select Server Property.
Click Drivers tab, and select the driver for deletion. Click Remove.
For the confirmation message for the deletion, click Yes.

After I removed the drivers, I had user log into the server via RDP and Windows re-added the drivers I removed per client.

How do I completely remove drivers so they dont map anymore.  My goal is to have only 4 printers to be mapped.
Question by:don9367
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Expert Comment

ID: 24318015
The drivers are automatically reinstalled when you remap to the printer model that uses those drivers.  Windows is likely using drivers it already has on the hard drive to make the printer available upon remap.
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ID: 24318049
Is the server in question a print server or is it used as an RDP box?  If it's RDP, printers map automatically to that server when a user logs in and the account is set to automatically reconnect to those printers.  You may be able to lock down policy to prohibit users from mapping to printers on that server if this is the case.

Expert Comment

by:Michael Knight
ID: 24318055

1. If you haven't done so already, remove the printer by deleting it form the Printers folder.
2. Stop the spooler service .
3. Browse to the following registry location: HKLM\System\ CurrentControlSet\Control\Print\Environments\Windows NT x86\Drivers\Version-x\, where x is the version of th e driver (2 = NT 4.0, 3 = Windows 2000/2003).
4. Note the names of the files listed.
5. Remove the registry key yourprinterdriver .
6. Delete the referenced driver files from the %systemroot%\ system32\ spool\drivers\w32x86\x folder. If you have multiple pri nters installed, you may want to copy the driver files to a temp orary location before you delete them outright, because many similar types of printers use the same driver files.
7. If you're not able to delete the files, you will need to disable the spooler, reboot, and delete the files again. After you do this, reset the spooler to automatic startup.
8. After the print drivers have been removed, you should reboot the server.
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ID: 24326922
I have completed the above tasks and the drivers still show back up

Author Comment

ID: 24326925
My goal is to limit every user to 3 printers
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Expert Comment

ID: 24331332
I don't think you can limite the # of printers a user can install on their computer, but you CAN deny them ability to map to particular printers.

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